Tale as old as time: lighting metal and glass

Metal and glass, we were warned. Oh yes, how we were warned, by everyone who has taken Advanced Techniques in the past. If there’s one thing they all say it’s that metal and glass are the foreboding monster that keeps photoj kids up at night. But I love the studio (perhaps a little too much, is that possible?) so any time spent in there no matter how tedious is always a good time to me.

Alot of this shoot involved doing a lot adjusting and troubleshooting in the studio — adding sheets to diffuse the bottom light under the light stand, adding a snoot on the rose, adding gaffers tape to gobo the snoot, adding a gold reflector on the left side on the light stand to add more detail to the rose and add to the “magical” look of the vase and constantly rearranging where the rose petals were tossed. The hardest part was capturing the rose petals, they don’t like to go in the direction you want them to.


Beauty and the Beast

A rose and glass vase sit while petals float down, as a visual illustration of The Enchanted Rose from Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast.’ The new live-action ‘Beauty and the Beast’ film directed by Bill Condon features Disney’s first “exclusively gay moment” for the fictional character LeFou. In an interview Condon said “LeFou is somebody who on one day wants to be Gaston and on another day wants to kiss Gaston. He’s confused about what he wants. It’s somebody who’s just realizing that he has these feelings.” Russia may ban the film entirely while in the U.S. a drive-in theatre in Henagar, Alabama. © Whitney Matewe



Two metal fire safety pins sit on firefighter themed legos on Wednesday, March 8, 2017. The University of Missouri Extension Fire and Rescue Training Institute provides training for personnel representing all 114 Missouri counties though 637 classes. ©Meiying Wu



Whitney Matewe



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